Originally Posted by BandB
I get the picture that if you're willing to do a bit more manipulation then you can perhaps get more from the Furuno.
What uses do you put your Furuno to? Based on your boat, I would guess fishing comes into play along the way.
The picture I posted above is without the benefit of any fine tuning. In my experience, Panoptix can't come close to that, in any respect. But my friend, who at this point is fairly disappointed, would love to see a real world picture showing him what is possible.
I do use it for fishing -- primarily in two respects:
1) while trolling, I am able to alter course to intercept bait schools / predator fish that I would otherwise drive past completely oblivious to their presence. I have actually given an accurate count down to a multiple dorado hookup, starting as I altered course.
2) on the west coast, kelp paddies often hold predator fish, but not always. With the scanning sonar, I can quickly determine if anyone is home, and if not I troll right past. Without scanning sonar, the alternative is trolling in a circle around the paddy, the pulling in the trollers and putting out bait, heavy iron, surface iron, etc.